Netflix has officially announced the production of Kingdom: Ashin of the North, a special-episode extension of the Kingdom series franchise that will star A-list actress Jun Ji-hyun.
Kingdom: Ashin of the North is set to pick up the story from the cliffhanger ending of Kingdom Season 2 and will center on a new character named Ashin (Jun Ji-hyun). She is the mysterious woman who appeared before Lee Chang (Ju Ji-hoon) and his companions during their northward journey to uncover the secrets that revolve around the resurrection plant. As the spin-off episode unfolds to tell Ashin’s backstory and her important role as the successor to Yeojin tribe’s chiefdom, gripping scenes will also unveil the origin of the worm-carrying plant.
In addition, the world’s leading streaming entertainment platform has dropped a date announcement teaser for the one-part Kingdom sidequel. A burst of horrific scenes opened the promo video, followed by snippets of a caption that read, “Ashin of the North is coming to Netflix in 2021,” and concluded in the exact same way as Kingdom Season 2, where Ashin came to the frame and dramatically turned her head to the side to look at the visitors, revealing a face that exudes an undeniably strong aura.
Following her career breakthrough in the rom-com film My Sassy Girl (2001), Jun Ji-hyun solidified both her domestic and international reputation as an unparalleled actress by headlining numerous popular television series, such as My Love From the Star (2013–2014) and The Legend of the Blue Sea (2016–2017). Although it remains to be detailed whether or not Jun and Kingdom lead actor Ju Ji-hoon are going to work closely in Kingdom: Ashin of the North, the project will mark their second time to appear on a single screen as they are also slated to pair up in the upcoming tvN series Jiri Mountain.
Along with Jun’s confirmed participation, actor Park Byung-eun (Oh My Baby) has also signed up to reprise his role as head of the Royal Commandery, Min Chi-rok. By the way his character was built up in Kingdom Season 2, curiosity is now rising on whether Min Chi-rok and Ashin have a buried history that is waiting to be dug out.
Kingdom: Ashin of the North will be spearheaded by the same director-writer duo that intensified the worldwide zombie craze with Kingdom (2019) and Kingdom Season 2 (2020), Kim Sung-hoon and Kim Eun-hee. It is placed under the co-production of Baram Pictures, BA Entertainment, and Studio Dragon.